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People visit the Stardust victims memorial at the site of the tragedy in Artane.
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Here's What Happened Today: Friday

Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.

NEED TO CATCH up? The Journal brings you a round-up of today’s news.


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  • Taoiseach Simon Harris said he was “horrified” to see the gathering of “masked people” outside Minister for Equality Roderic O’Gorman’s family home last night.
  • Former British soldiers investigated for perjury over Bloody Sunday will not face any charges, the Bloody Sunday families said.
  • Taoiseach Simon Harris said he is “eager to be in a position to apologise” to the families of those killed in the Stardust fire tragedy and has invited them to meet with him tomorrow.
  • The Journal spoke to some of the Stardust victims’ families after yesterday’s inquest jury found the cause of death to be unlawful killing. 
  • A petition was delivered to RTÉ’s southern regional studio in Cork calling on RTÉ to boycott this year’s Eurovision Song Contest due to the participation of Israel.
  • Gardaí caught 21 motorists travelling above the speed limit in the first two hours of an operation aimed at slowing people down.
  • Josef Puska was granted legal aid to appeal his conviction for murdering school teacher Ashling Murphy.
  • The work relations watchdog ordered that a former driver for Minister of Agriculture Charlie McConalogue receive €30,000 for his Christmas Day unfair dismissal.
  • Croke Park sold out for Leinster’s Champions Cup semi-final clash with Northampton, as fans snapped up tickets today for the eagerly-awaited game.
  • Director of football Marc Canham said the FAI now hope to have a new permanent manager for the Ireland men’s team in time for the Nations League game with England in September.


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#UKRAINE NATO countries agreed to give Ukraine more air defences after desperate pleas from Kyiv for advanced systems to shoot down Russian attacks.

#USA A man set himself on fire outside the court where Donald Trump is standing trial in New York.

#MIDDLE EAST G7 foreign ministers urged “all parties” to “work to prevent further escalation” in the Middle East, following reports that Israel carried out revenge strikes on Iran.

#INDIA Millions of Indians went the polls today, marking the beginning of a six-week election where Narendra Modi, the populist prime minister, is seeking rare third term.

#SWIFTIES Social media exploded with excitement from Taylor Swift fans after the world-famous singer and songwriter released her latest album, ‘The Tortured Poets Department’.

#PALESTINE The UN decried the intentional destruction of complex and hard-to-obtain medical equipment in Gaza’s hospitals and maternity wards, further heightening risks to women already giving birth in “inhumane, unimaginable conditions”.


UK POLITICS HAS been through a tumultuous few years, to say the least. 

Channel 4 has put a video together detailing the reasons behind the departures and suspensions of MPs since the last general election in 2019.

So far, 36 MPs have quit for a variety of reasons, including sexual harassment, misleading Parliament and… watching tractor porn in the House of Commons. 

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